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What your dog’s breed says about your personality

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Your dog‘s breed could reveal a lot about your personality, according to a study by The Kennel Club, which has found correlations between some of the UK’s favourite breeds and the dominant personality traits of their owners.

The research involved over 1,500 current and past owners of 16 popular breeds, who were ranked against personality statements.

This revealed their levels of the big five personality traits: extroversion, openness, agreeableness, emotional stability and conscientiousness.

Bill Lambert, a spokesperson for The Kennel Club, told the Daily Mail: “It appears that we can often tell a lot about a person from the type of dog that they own, with the dominant personality traits of Jack Russell owners owned by the likes of King Charles being their loyalty, generous spirit for helping others and their trustworthiness.”

Owners of Border Terriers, for example, are likely to be charming, lively and exuberant, while those who favour Staffordshire Bull Terriers are deemed trustworthy and affectionate.

The Springer Spaniel

According to the study, people who are traditional, reserved and punctual make for the best Springer Spaniel owners.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Initially bred as a fighting dog, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier has, unfortunately, garnered a reputation of being a breed to be wary of.

Contrarily, they are very affectionate dogs, earning the nickname “nanny dogs” due to their playful and patient nature with children. People who own Staffordshire Bull Terriers tend to be affectionate and trustworthy according to the study.

Miniature Schnauzer

The Miniature Schnauzer enjoys widespread popularity as a companion dog whose owners are said to be loyal, faithful, conscientious, well-organised and adhere strictly to the rules.


Whippets make great family pets. They are known for their gentle and loving characteristics and for enjoying the comforts of domestic life.

The study discovered that those who relish new experiences, have a plethora of hobbies and are risk-takers are ideally suited to this breed.

Golden Retriever

The Golden Retriever is one of the most beloved dog breeds in the UK; this breed is renowned for its friendly, tolerant demeanour making it an ideal family pet, while its intelligence makes it an excellent working dog.

According to The Kennel Club study, individuals who are more emotionally stable and exude positivity and happiness are best suited to Golden Retrievers.


Weighing a mere 3.5kg and standing just 11 inches tall, Pomeranians are among the most popular small dog breeds.

“The breed first graced the UK in 1870 and quickly became a favourite of Queen Victoria whose dogs were showcased at dog shows in London,” the Kennel Club noted. “Royal patronage played a significant role in popularising the breed, aided by its delicate appearance and extroverted character.”

According to the study, the most passionate, creative and free-spirited individuals are best suited to this breed.


“The Labrador is the most popular of all pedigree breeds and his popularity stems from his versatility as a family companion, service dog, guide dog as well as a working gundog,’ stated The Kennel Club.

If you’re a sociable individual, a Labrador could be the ideal pet for you, as per the study.


With their elongated bodies and short legs, Dachshunds are among the UK’s most beloved dogs. “Originating in Germany where he is known as the Teckel (badger dog) the Dachshund, is still used for both tracking wounded game such as deer, and for going to ground after badger or rabbits,” The Kennel Club elaborated.

“In his native country there are three sizes: standard, miniature and Kaninchen (rabbit dog) all defined by measuring the circumference of the chest.” The study suggests that trustworthiness is the most dominant trait among daschund owners.

German Shepherd

“The first breed club was formed in 1881 after Max von Stephanitz and his followers developed and promoted the breed as a herding dog, and later as a working dog used by the police and the armed forces,” The Kennel Club stated.

“From the First World War the bravery and temperament of the German Shepherd has gained the breed worldwide recognition and praise and he has shown his worth in other disciplines too: as a guide dog for the blind, as a tracking dog, and in obedience.|

According to the study, German Shepherd owners are most likely to lend a helping hand to others.


Small enough to fit in a handbag, a study by The Kennel Club reveals that trustworthiness is the most dominant trait among Chihuahua owners.

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